University of Colorado Professional Research Asst in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus


*SOM/ Cell and Developmental Biology



*Professional Research Assistant



Position #00050072 – Requisition 14572

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America’s most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

*Nature of Work:


Our lab investigates the embryonic development of the peripheral taste system, and the mechanisms of taste disruption associated with chemo- and radiotherapy. The successful candidate will assist with a project aiming to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of radiotherapy-induced taste disruption. The hired candidate will perform in vitro culture of taste organoids and experiments involving laboratory mice.The PRA will report directly to the Principal Investigator, Linda Barlow (PhD, Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology), and Dany Gaillard (PhD, Instructor, Cell and Developmental Biology).

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This position is dependent on grant funding.*/

Examples of work performed:

  • Maintenance of the mouse colony, irradiation of mice and organoids, behavioral taste testing, treatment and maintenance of taste organoid cultures

  • Cryosectioning, immunohistochemistry, imaging, gene expression analysis by qRT-PCR,

  • Data collection, analysis and entry, and careful record keeping.

  • Performing several aspects of lab maintenance which may include: Biohazardous, hazardous and sharps waste disposal; ordering, receiving and organizing of lab supplies and reagents; maintain lab organization and cleanliness with the help of lab members.

  • Other duties may be required, duties are not limited to the responsibilities listed above.

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PLEASENOTE:Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is commensurate with experience and skills. The salary range may be negotiable. This position is not eligible for over time.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located atEmployee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Minimum requirements:



A minimum of a BS or BA degree in Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Immunology, Chemistry, Physiology or a closely related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background knowledge in mouse models, cell culture, qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry,

  • Experience with mouse handling, cell culture, RNA processing for qRT-PCR, immunohistochemistry and cryosectioning are highly desired.

  • Laboratory experience is also highly desired.

*Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Effective communication,

  • Computational and analytical skills,

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to details, record keeping,

  • Adaptability to changes in technological and scientific directions.

  • Willingness to learn new skills/knowledge.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus

Title: Professional Research Asst

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 14572